Contexts

Contexts present Czech films in a broader framework interconnecting texts, videos and other visual material. The introductory article describes production and poetics of each film. A selection of reviews preserved today in the library of the National Film Archive refers to the period critical reception. Promotional materials from the Department of Special Collections reveal the production and distribution strategies of film companies. The visual presentation is complemented by short videos (trailers, interviews, essays).

The Joke

Director
Jaromil Jireš
Year
1968

Daisies

Director
Věra Chytilová
Year
1966

The Blue Star Hotel

Director
Martin Frič
Year
1941

Smoke

Director
Tomáš Vorel
Year
1990

How to Drown Dr. Mráček

Director
Václav Vorlíček
Year
1974

Larks on a String

Director
Jiří Menzel
Year
1969

Men about Town

Director
Zdeněk Podskalský
Year
1969

The Strike

Director
Karel Steklý
Year
1947

The Czech Year

Director
Jiří Trnka
Year
1947

The Films of Jan Kříženecký

Director
Jan Kříženecký
Year
1898–1911

The Assassination

Director
Jiří Sequens
Year
1964

Such Is Life

Director
Carl Junghans
Year
1929

We Will Remain Faithful

Director
Jiří Weiss
Year
1945

From Saturday to Sunday

Director
Gustav Machatý
Year
1931

The Hop-Pickers

Director
Ladislav Rychman
Year
1964

Case for the New Hangman

Director
Pavel Juráček
Year
1969

Joseph Kilian

Director
Pavel Juráček, Jan Schmidt
Year
1963

The Cremator

Director
Juraj Herz
Year
1968

Adelheid

Director
František Vláčil
Year
1969

Distant Journey

Director
Alfréd Radok
Year
1948

Ecstasy

Director
Gustav Machatý
Year
1932

Loves of a Blonde

Director
Miloš Forman
Year
1965

Ikarie XB 1

Director
Jindřich Polák
Year
1963

Black Peter

Director
Miloš Forman
Year
1963

Diamonds of the Night

Director
Jan Němec
Year
1964

Zborov

Director
J. A. Holman, Jiří Slavíček
Year
1938

White Darkness

Director
František Čáp
Year
1948